The UK has a big history of world speed record attempts, both on the water and on land. But a new effort by the team behind the Bloodhound SSC could see the current world land speed record being smashed if plans to hit 1,000 mph on land come off.

The Bloodhound design has gone through ten evolutions in the last year and has now settled on a plan that has overcome initial obstacles. The initial 200kg power rocket was deemed insufficient and a new hybrid rocket weighing 400kg has now been fitted.

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The Bloodhound design has gone through ten evolutions in the last year and has now settled on a plan that has overcome initial obstacles. The initial 200kg power rocket was deemed insufficient and a new hybrid rocket weighing 400kg has now been fitted.

Wheels were designed by Lockheed Martin UK to withstand forces of 50,000 radial g at the rim and support a 6.5 tonne car travelling at 1,050mph (1,690km/h). As for thrust, a total of about 212kN (47,500 lb) is produced from both the rocket and the installed EJ200 jet engine taken from the Eurofighter Typhoon. That is about the same as what 180 Formula One cars make.

The extra power and aerodynamic challenges posed by the new plant called for redesigns which are now believed to be sufficient to keep the whole car on land without destabilising it. The interior was designed to resemble a fighter jet cockpit to which the SSC is compared on the graphical presentation in the video.

The record attempt needed a straight, flat surface covering at least 10 miles (16km). After much research and study, the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa’s Northern Cape province was chosen as the ideal location. It has a 12 mile (19km) long flat track with a surface that, although currently covered with some debris, will be cleaned up in time for the record attempt.

The current world record stands at a relatively measly 763mph (measly certainly in comparison to the target set by the Bloodhound SSC Team) and the technical obstacles the Bloodhound team has had to overcome to get their record attempt on target have been substantial.

The record attempt is now planned for 2011 and Bloodhound have lined up 166 sponsors so far and received public donations of £137,000. Piloting (for that’s the only real way to describe ‘driving’ this 135,000bhp rocket on wheels) the Bloodhound will be fighter pilot Andy Green.

Now more pictures…………………………

Now that’s what I would call a car!!!!

My secret wish is to drive this car!!! hope to catch the actual videos of this in the next Bond movie !!!!!

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